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Thu Jun 23, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
It depends. Did you obtain permits for the partial garage conversion? If not, that can be an issue for buyers obtaining financing. That is because appraisers will only consider as living space the sq ft that is reflected in the property tax records, the "official" sq ft. Also, many insurance companies now will not insure areas converted without permits.

If you did the conversion without permits, there's also the issue as to when it was done. That's because the local building department will most likely want you to bring the conversion up to CURRENT codes, not codes for when it was done.

So for all of the reasons above, a non-permitted conversion generally will not bring you the same price as a home where permits were pulled and the work done legally.
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Thu Jun 23, 2016
Aldona Serrani asked:
How does this affect my selling price. Especially in Florida where most people don't use their garage to park their cars ?
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Mon Dec 28, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
The "foreclosure" listings you see here aren't necessarily for sale. They are typically just in a "pre-foreclosure" status which really means nothing. The owner has likely missed some payments and the bank is in the early stages of getting ready to foreclose. It's quite possible the owner could get current on payments and stop the process. Also, the data you see is pulled from public records, which isn't necessarily accurate (which is probably why you don't see # of bedrooms). Do NOT rely on any listings you find here on Trulia or other sites like Zillow or even The only source should be your REALTOR who has access to all available properties for sale which will be in the MLS. ... more
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Sun Dec 13, 2015
Jacquie Yekmalian answered:
Hi Honey,

I would suggest calling the local mobile home sales office or community and ask them.
They will know who to direct you too as they are in the field.

Good Luck

Jacquie Yekmalian
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Blue to Green Realy, from the sea to the 18th tee
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Wed Jul 22, 2015
Sully P asked:
I'm very interested and would like someone to clarify this question for me.
offers opportunity to give a down payment of $2000 pay a low minimum base rent…
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Thu Jul 9, 2015
Budd Morris answered:
If you are an owner, then you should have the rules and Reg of the HOA
If you are renting check with the owner.
If it is a complex make them show you the rules
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
Pamela Cohn answered:

Depending on where in the zip code anywhere from 10-25 minutes depending on traffic and which beach you choose. We do have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Are you currently looking for a place or just browsing on line for now? I have a free service called “Listingbook”, which I provide for my clients. It is like a back door into the MLS, which updates daily: new listings, price changes, solds & withdrawn listings, allowing you to really be able to follow and learn the market. I set up a basic search according to your guidelines. Once you are in, you can change the parameters as you need. If this is something you would be interested in let me know & I would be glad to set up your free Listingbook Account.

When you visit in the Clearwater/St. Pete area, I also have a free automated service called CITY (Curbside Info to You) available 24/7. I issue you a number you can call on ANY Real Estate For Sale sign and a computer reads the MLS information to you, from the street number & address for all ACTIVE MLS listings. If this would be helpful let me know. If you have a smart phone & TEXT "PAMELA" to 727-213-5142 it will give you a free mobile site. Bookmark it to you front page and use it anytime. Email me your cell phone & I'll registered it so you won't get annoying follow up calls. If you want to talk to me there is a prompt or you can call me on my cell. If you want to put it on multiple phones, I can put up to three numbers on one user name. Just send the numbers you want added. Put it in your favorites for quick access when you are driving around. I use it all the time.

I feel an informed client makes the best decisions regarding their real estate needs. Let me know if I can be of assistance.


Pam Cohn
Broker Associate, GRI, SFR, NHS
Real Estate Consulting, Marketing & Sales
Prudential Tropical Realty
2539 Countryside Blvd #3 Clearwater, FL 33761
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Wed Sep 26, 2012
Annette Lawrence answered:
Your question, 'Average Price' is a frequently asked question. Causes folks to go the places like Zillow and start collecting numbers. In the end these numbers add no clarity what-so-ever. You need comparable numbers, not average or even median. The following is based on a significant number of transactions. But here we go:

Median Sold Price 2012 - $300,00
Range: $100,000 to $590,000

Median Listed Price 2012 - #415,000
Range: $179,900 - $1,495,000

If you would like to delve into the details we should take a moment to chat regarding your goals.
If you are serious you need to call.
No, don't use the 'contact' button.
No, don't use Trulia email.
Go old school and call, if you are serious.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Assocate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
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Sat Jul 7, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
From what you are saying;
you should not be living in a Condo or Apartment.
You will drive us crazy!
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Tue Jan 24, 2012
Gilkapereira asked:
Mon Apr 18, 2011
Darla Schroeder answered:
Hi. There are several possibilities for marketing your unique properties. My son owned a house in Largo a few years ago which had a separate vacant lot attached. When he wanted to sell and move to a larger home, I researched comparable neighborhood values with and without the vacant lot. In his case, we were able to sell the house separate from the vacant lot as the best value and he enjoyed a profit much higher than if it was sold as one property.
Your multiple properties deserve diligent research to find the best marketing approach. Advertisement of one property could cross reference the other to present multiple potential uses. I would be happy to provide a extensive analysis upon request. Please call me direct at 727-541-3743.
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Thu Feb 17, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Irene,

Here are details about the house:

This is a pre-foreclosure Short Sale and one concern I have is it has been on the market over a year... almost 2 years!

If you've already been preapproved by a lender and are not currently working with a Realtor, I can offer to show you this property and the other one on Belman.

A local bank, HomeBanc has low fees and rates, you can apply

All my best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
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Thu Dec 4, 2008
Mott Marvin Kornicki answered:
I would use the R status [RENTED]. In the event that the owner located the buyer/tenant "on thier own" I would cancel the listing.
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Fri Aug 22, 2008
NonRealtor answered:
This post was from Oct 2007. If you bought a place in Oct 2007, you probably lost 20% already. Hopefully you didn't get one of those "sucide" loans. If you didn't buy then you have a bunch of foreclosures to look at. It may be better to wait a few years to buy. Prices are not going up anytime soon. Good luck ... more
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Sun Nov 25, 2007
Cyndee & Jack Haydon answered:
People ask us questions like this all the time.

As local Realors we have access to the public record and it shows that this unit sold in August (8/29/2007) for $135,000. We just sold a unit in Port Belleair this month.

If you would like me to email a copy of the public record you can see who purchased it and other relevent info.

If you would like to see other condos available in Port Belleair by all the real estate companies visit:

Want to see what our past client's experiences were like - see for yourself on videos at:
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